Listeners tune out of RTÉ 1 big guns

RTÉ Radio 1 has suffered a significant fall in listenership to a number of its top shows over the last year, according to the latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) figures published yesterday.

The station’s daily shows in particular have been badly affected.

Sean O’Rourke has seen his listener numbers drop by a whopping 39,000 to 295,000 in the last 12 months, while the show before his, the John Murray show has seen a fall of 23,000 to 302,000.

Morning Ireland continues to attract 429,000 people each morning, but that is 19,000 fewer than it had a year ago.

Moving to the afternoon, Joe Duffy has seen his listenership drop by 31,000 to 382,000. Drivetime has lost 22,000 listeners, now attracting 227,000.

At the weekend, Marian Finucane has seen a drop in both her Saturday and Sunday shows. On Saturday, she is now attracting 350,000 listeners, down 20,000. On Sunday, she has lost 4,000 listeners, with her total standing at 342,000.

The news was much better for Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ 2FM. There are now 171,000 people tuning into his show, 19,000 more than 12 months ago.

RTÉ 2FM’s biggest rival Today FM has had mixed fortunes. While Ian Dempsey’s breakfast show has seen a bounce of 16,000 to 196,000, his colleague Ray D’Arcy has suffered a drop of 10,000 to 221,000.

The Last Word with Matt Cooper has seen an increase of 4,000 to 155,000.

There was good news for the presenters at Newstalk.

Breakfast, hosted by Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue, now has 153,000 listeners daily — an increase of 32,000 year on year.

Pat Kenny now has 143,000 listeners, while Moncrieff with Sean Moncrieff has 114,000 tuning in, an increase of 4,000 in 12 months. Lunchtime presented by Jonathan Healy now attracts 75,000 listeners daily, an increase of 10,000 year on year. In Cork, listenership figures for the last six months provide the first good indication of the impact of Neil Prendeville’s move to Red FM from 96fm at the end of March.

His former employer still has the larger number of listeners in the prime morning slot at 71,000.

However, Red FM said Prendeville had almost doubled the listenership for the slot in the time that he has been with the station, from 26,000 to 50,000.

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